Mus­tang de­parts

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North Amer­i­can P-51D Mus­tang 44-13521 en­tered ser­vice on D-day 1944 but only lasted six weeks — al­though it did de­stroy four en­emy air­craft — be­fore crash­ing near Beau­vais, al­legedly be­ing struck on the wing by a bomb dropped by an­other US air­craft. The air­frame was res­cued from a scrap­yard in the mid-70s but it was not un­til 1998 that Mau­rice Ham­mond brought it to the UK for a ten-year restora­tion which saw it con­verted to a two-seater. It was reg­is­tered G-MRLL from its wartime name, Marinell, and ap­peared at air shows along­side Ham­mond’s ear­lier P-51 restora­tion, G-MSTG Janie. Sadly, Ham­mond was se­verely in­jured when Janie crashed last year and

Marinell has now been sold in the USA.

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